Curricular

Leading Social Innovation LEAD142

Social entrepreneurs are motivated by the desire to see the world as it can be, not merely as it is. This course is about the leadership opportunities and challenges of creating and sustaining creative solutions that address social problems—whether through nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models of change. Students learn about the key determinants of social innovation: the complexity of the world’s problems, theoretical frameworks rooted in psychology and business management, community building and ecosystem development, governance and funding models, scalability and growth, and impact measurement techniques. Students learn from and work directly alongside multi-award winning social entrepreneurs and practitioners who are creating systems change in their respective sectors.

The course will explore these questions by focusing on the practical aspects of social entrepreneurship in promoting social change, drawing on the inspiring stories of top performing social entrepreneurs. Students will have the opportunity to learn from guest lecturers who are Shark Tank WinnersForbes 30 Under 30s and White House Fellows. They will share the challenges they have overcome and the strategies they have implemented. Every week the class hosts a new award-winning social entrepreneur who will share their insights in launching and scaling a social venture. Collectively, our guest lecturers have impacted over a billion lives.

Taught by award-winning social innovation trail blazers Gemma Bulos and Scott Sherman, this seminar course is offered in the Spring.